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The Innovative Assessment Pilot: A New Opportunity for States and Districts to Collaborate in Developing Next Generation Systems of Assessments

January 2018. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides flexibility for states to redesign systems of assessments to better align with student-centered learning. The U.S. Department of Education has released an official notice inviting states to apply for a new program in ESSA: the Innovative Accountability and Assessment Demonstration Authority. This “Innovative Assessment Pilot” allows states to…


Protecting Student Privacy in Blended and Online Learning: New FERPA Guidance from the US Department of Education

April 2014. In this Leadership Webinar, US Department of Education Chief Privacy Office representatives provide FERPA guidance and answer questions about its applicability to blended and online learning. In addition, Themy Sparangis from the Los Angeles Unified School District provides examples about how a large school district protects student privacy. There is public concern about how technology…


Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

January 2012. The purpose of this report is to support administrators and policymakers in becoming informed consumers of information about online learning and its potential impact on productivity. It provides foundational knowledge and a conceptual framework, drawing specifically on cost-effective analyses. Literature suggests 9 ways in which online learning can improve productivity: Broadening access Engaging students in…


Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009-10

November 2011. This report provides national estimates about student enrollment in distance education courses in public school districts. Estimates are based on district surveys during the 12-month 2009-10 school year. Specifically, the survey covered the following topics: Extent of enrollment Monitoring and accountability Deliverers and developers Courses Technologies   Download this report to browse survey responses and…